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BOLLYWOOD DANCE TROUPE BROKEN DANCE AND CIRCUS PERFORMER AYGUL MEMET ROUND OUT THE LIST OF CANADA’S GOT TALENT FINALISTS DURING THE LAST WEEK OF SEMIFINALS

- Last two finalists join previously announced traditional dance group Sagkeeng’s Finest, beatboxer “KRNFX,” country singer Ivan Daigle, rapper Mathew Cathcart, dancer Shale Wagman, opera singer Emilio Fina, rock band Angry Candy, beatboxer Scott Jackson, dance group Freshh and opera singer Julie Lafontaine in the Live Finals, May 13 -
 
(TORONTO – May 7, 2012) With only two spots remaining in the Canada’s Got Talent Live Finals, the semifinal rounds came to an end earlier this evening on Citytv as host Dina Pugliese revealed that South Asian, Bollywood dance group Broken Dance from Mississauga, ON was the highest vote-getter of the night. Of the acts who placed second and third amongst voters, judges Martin Short, Measha Brueggergosman and Stephan Moccio selected Toronto circus performer Aygul Memet to continue her journey to the Live Finals.
 
Broken Dance and Aygul Memet complete the list of the country’s top 12 finalists competing for the top spot and prize in the Canada’s Got Talent Live Finals on May 13. Joining them are previously announced finalists traditional dance trio Sagkeeng’s Finest (Sagkeeng First Nation, Fort Alexander, MB), beatboxer “KRNFX” (Toronto), country singer Ivan Daigle (Petitcodiac, N.B.), rapper Mathew Cathcart (Hamilton, ON), dancer Shale Wagman (Toronto), opera singer Emilio Fina (Petersburg, ON), rock band Angry Candy (Moncton, N.B.), beatboxer Scott Jackson (Toronto), hip hop dance group Freshh (Vancouver), opera singer Julie Lafontaine (Montreal).

Thespecial, two-hour Canada’s Got Talent Live Finals air Sunday, May 13 at 8 p.m. local time. Then, the most talented act in Canada is crowned during the highly-anticipated, one-hour Live Finals Results on Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. local time.

Ten-member, Bollywood dance group Broken Dance brought out all the stops in another exhilarating performance last night that won over the hearts and votes of viewers across the country. Broken Dance formed with the purpose of bringing South Asian dance to Canada and to showcase the diversity, multiculturalism, ambition and talent that this country represents.

 

Toronto’s Aygul Memet, the 36-year-old circus performer originally from Urumqi in China, moved both the judges and audience with her stunning performance and heart-wrenching story of separation from her parents who still remain in China. Aygul first discovered her talent in the Chinese circus when she was just eight years old. Eventually forced to escape her occupied country, Aygul sought refuge in Canada, where she was recently joined by her husband and three children.

Video highlight clips from this week’s results show will be available tomorrow at 12 noon ET at www.rogerstvsales.ca/citytv/canadagottalent/promos/. This clip is also available via an embeddable customized video player. To obtain the embed code, please see media contacts below.

Following the special performance by Canada’s Got Talent judge Measha Brueggergosman earlier this evening, viewers can look forward to more exciting performances from Canadian pop-rock band Hedley and 12-year-old soprano prodigy and America’s Got Talent runner-up, Jackie Evancho, during the Live Finals Results on Monday, May 14.
 
Fans who miss the show can also catch up onCitytv.com or on the Citytv Video App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. For more information on how to vote and a list of FAQs, visit CanadasGotTalent.com. Also, follow us on Twitter@CGTCitytv, and “like” us on Facebook for the latest updates, info and announcements. 
 
Canada’s Got Talent is the largest national talent search in Canadian television history and features a colourful array of hopeful stars, including comedians, contortionists, impressionists, jugglers, magicians, ventriloquists, dancers and singers all vying for a chance to perform on national television and win the coveted title. This original series is a tribute to the rich talents that define and characterize Canada’s diversity.
 
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